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Disability Support Services
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The office for Accessible Campus Community & Equitable Student Support (ACCESS) is dedicated to providing reasonable curricular and co-curricular accommodations to diverse learners with major life impairments at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Each year, ACCESS assists hundreds of students with a variety of diagnoses as they pursue their academic disciplines. ACCESS also provides resources which students can use to increase skills in learning, time management, and test-taking. Both accommodations and resources are offered to students who have provided appropriate documentation and are approved through the application process.

SIUE values the intersection of identities throughout the campus community and embraces the unique characteristics of diverse learners. Through community partnerships, academic accommodations, and resources extended to students in need of accessibility, ACCESS and SIUE have excelled at the inclusion of all students as they achieve their educational goals.


ACCESS at SIUE we would like to welcome you. We are dedicated to achieving and promoting an accessible campus community to ensure that students of all abilities receive appropriate accommodations and equal opportunity to be successful at higher education. We accomplish this goal through a variety of efforts:

•    Receiving documentation of diagnosis presenting a "major life impairment" and evaluating it in order to determine the correct accommodations and resources you are entitled to receive

•    Facilitating accommodations for students while also directing them to other campus or off-campus groups that can provide additional assistance

•    Working to educate the SIUE faculty and staff regarding the University and its employees' legal responsibilities regarding students with disabilities

•    Working with academic units to provide academic modifications and waivers for students with disabilities which do not fundamentally alter those programs' standards, and

•    Serving as an advocate for students with disabilities, working as a mediator with faculty over classroom issues, meeting with administrators regarding campus policies, and encouraging the university to expand its vision and policies regarding persons with disabilities.

Our office operates as the bridge between the classroom and the stage on commencement day with a vision that students should not come to campus merely to attend, but to graduate. Every policy, procedure and resource implemented has been designed to promote self-advocacy, independence and remove the gatekeepers to access as much as possible, leveling the playing field with your academic peers.

Mission Statement

The office for Accessible Campus Community and Equitable Student Support (ACCESS) provides reasonable accommodations to ensure that diverse learners have access to the University and its programs through proactive and intentional interventions, resources and programming designed to meet federal compliance guidelines, while removing barriers, encouraging personal growth, and increasing effective communication.

Student Responsibilities

Students must register and request accommodations from the ACCESS office, which is located in the Student Success Center, Room 1270.

Office Working Hours

The ACCESS office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. year-round. ACCESS is only closed on days which the entire University is closed.

Request Accommodations / Register With ACCESS

You may register with the ACCESS office and request accommodations through SIUE Accommodate.

Schedule an appointment

New Horizons Student Organization

New Horizons is a University-recognized student organization open to all who are interested in equity, access, and inclusion for all students.
Please contact for more information.


Fall 2017

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